Amphetamine Smuggling : Indian Cab driver and Nigerian arrested with contraband worth USD 426K

May 17, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Amphetamine Smuggling : Indian Cab driver and Nigerian arrested with contraband worth USD 426K SITUATION

The detectives of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a racket involved in smuggling amphetamine drugs out of India through the filters of water purifiers. The agency seized 15 kg of the banned substance worth Rs 3 crore. The police arrested two people — a Nigerian national and a driver attached to a ride-hailing firm who helped in the transportation of the drugs — on Tuesday. Those arrested have been identified as Ugochi Chikelu, 35, currently residing at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, and Shiva Kumar Sharma, 38, a resident of Diva in Thane. Acting on a tip-off, DRI officials intercepted a vehicle driven by Sharma at Belapur in Navi Mumbai on May 13 and recovered three bags from the boot of the car. Some 14 cardboard boxes of a purifier company, containing parts of water filters laden with white colored crystalline substance, were recovered. “A test revealed that the crystalline substance was Amphetamine,” said an agency official. Sharma confessed that Chikelu had given him the consignment. The Nigerian was arrested in Kharghar. “Sharma told us that Chikelu had asked him to get the consignment delivered to an address through a local post office. He also said that he had received such consignments from Chikelu twice this month. Chikelu told us that he came to know Sharma two months ago when he had booked his car through a ride-hailing app. He then developed a cordial relationship with him. Chikelu admitted having smuggled drugs out of India twice through Sharma by using fabricated. PAN and Aadhaar cards. He would use Indian Postal Service for exporting the consignments,” said the official.


The drug traffickers employ novel methods of getting past airport security and customs. Consequently, the investigative agencies need to adapt in real time. The arrested persons, on of Indian origin and another of Nigerian descent are privy to intimate details about this smuggling racket. However, if the agencies expect to extract details about their involvement, modus operandi, link to other known international and domestic cartels, rank in their organizations through interrogation, then they must know that it is next to impossible.

These persons have been arrested after a lot of hard work and collaboration by the agencies. In order to make the best of it, the agencies must be interested in employing the best available interrogation and investigation tool. Unfortunately, most of the departments are working with crude forms of interrogation, torture when dialogue fails and brute investigation using unreliable methods such as lie detector test, costly and narrowly applicable methods like DNA and fingerprinting.

The arrested persons can spin a yarn of stories but the truth remains in their psyche. What if investigators could zero in straight into the memories stored in the brain of the arrested persons? If all this is possible without violating human rights, without spending a fortune and, with reliability then such a method would be readily adopted.

The law enforcers thus depend on largely indirect ways to identify the culprits. In order to have the upper hand in crime-solving, forensic sciences must attack the very origin of criminal planning and deception- the human brain. A criminal may or may not leave clues behind but their brain is a storehouse of intimate details of the crime which he or she has planned. This memory remains over months and years. The challenge is that a way to extract the same to solve crimes has not been widely implemented by the agencies.


Indeed, a way exists to extract intelligence from the very source-the brain of the suspect. It has been introduced by Brainwave Science. This futuristic technology is called iCognative. It is incomparable to any other forensic tool in utilization. iCognative is being adopted worldwide because of its potential to change the way suspects are convicted or exonerated. iCognative gives the investigators the power to identify and help exonerate suspects based on the measurement of their brain-wave response to crime-related images, words or phrases displayed on a computer screen. iCognative delivers over 99% accuracy in its results.

Brainwave Science eliminates biases and invasive procedures from interrogation. The only prerequisite for iCognative is that investigation must have been conducted.

iCognative is a very fast and effective way to determine the truth in criminal or civil cases. As a matter of fact, it is applicable in more than 85% of all cases. In contrast, DNA and fingerprinting are only applicable in 1-2% of cases. Moreover, it is time-consuming, costly and labor intensive to gather biological samples.

iCognative relies on the simple principle that brain waves cannot lie. It is practically foolproof. A criminal or a witness has been exposed to the crime or its planning. Hence his or her brain will respond positively if crime-related stimuli are shown to them. iCognative is a highly sophisticated intelligence gathering mechanism, which can with high accuracy, determine if the test subject has awareness of the crime related pictures, words or phrases which he or she is being shown. A proprietary headset measures the brain responses to each stimulus and transmits it to the computer system running the iCognative system. Here, the brain responses are analyzed, and within 45 minutes, the iCognative system indicates whether crime-related information is ‘present’ or ‘absent’ in the brain of the testee.

In the case of the smuggling of drugs out of India, the suspects Chikelu and Sharma’s involvement and links can be determined using a quick and non-invasive iCognative test. There is a lot of stimuli which can be used in the test including the custom declaration forms, forged Aadhar and Pan cards, CCTV footage from post offices, locations where Chikelu visited for gathering and dispersing drugs  like call records, names, and images of places which the arrested persons used to operate in Mumbai, etc.

This test involves no torture and no verbal exchange between the test administrator and the testee. Trafficking criminals cannot hide when their brainwaves are willing to confess. iCognative can also corroborate evidence of human and drug trafficking even in the most complex rings. This test is a very useful method of finding out additional details about the criminal organization, its structure, and the position of the suspect in the hierarchy.

No other intelligence gathering mechanism is as effective in eliciting such information from a test subject.

iCognative can be used to solve all sorts of cases such as counterfeiting, prostitution, sex offenses, cybercrime, insurance fraud, kidnapping, hijacking, etc. Because iCognative system is customizable, it can be used across the globe by for all sorts of criminal and civil cases. Investigative agencies love iCognative for its modern, scientific approach towards intelligence gathering. It is easy to use, easy to learn and teach as well.

The Indian investigating agencies can save effort, time and money by using iCognative to gather conduct interrogations. It can help gather invaluable insight into this and similar cases. iCognative can go a long way in helping end the drug menace in India and abroad.

Main Source: MumbaiMirror

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